Keys To Healthy Aging
Healthy aging seems so straightforward, doesn’t it? Yet few people think into the future. However, you would be surprised to know the actual number of people who age gracefully, without significant health issues.
Can regular people avoid these health issues? Most definitely. But you will have to make some changes to your lifestyle now. Follow these tried and proven tips to achieve healthy aging.
The need for exercise does not decrease with age, contrary to what many adults believe and follow. Think of your body as an automobile; the first few years, (your youth), are virtually trouble free, with only basic maintenance necessary.
However, as you accumulate mileage, (age), wear and tear occur. More aggressive maintenance needs to be performed. Think of bone loss, reduced hormone levels and reduced ability to heal and recover as remediable maladies with a good dose of exercise.
Include both cardiovascular and resistance exercise into your program to keep your heart, bones, brain and muscles strong.
Sleep On It
A significant percentage of the elderly population suffers from depression, although it often goes undiagnosed.
The cause? The feeling that their use is limited, and that they are mere distractions in the lives of others.
A simple fix? Sleep, and lots of it.
Older adults can require as much sleep as toddlers, yet get much less, and even less than working adults. Sleep will also help to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone, much sought after in the anti-aging community.
An Ounce Of Prevention Goes A Long Way
Although as we age the need for preventative medical treatment increases, fewer older adults visit the doctor preventatively. Many falls, injuries and fractures of the elderly can be avoided by attending regularly scheduled clinic visits, during which advance preventative directives are issued. At a minimum, a semi-annual checkup is warranted, with increased frequency if suffering from pre-existing conditions.
Don’t be misled by the myth that sex is unimportant once you hit the golden years. Sex is one of the strongest mood elevators, anti-depressants and stress reliever known to man.
Of course, we don’t expect you to go crazy and injure yourself during this healthy practice, but keep those hormones active and parts working well.
Sexual activity is also a good cardiovascular workout, and everyone knows cardio is good for you!
Ditch Bad Lifestyle Habits
If in your youth, you were accustomed to hitting bars a few times a week that needs to stop now. There is no benefit to hard drinking sessions, and it’s even worse when coupled with smoking.
Smoking is notorious for accelerating aging, skin deterioration, promoting cancer risk, increasing cardiac episodes, and generally worsening your quality of life. Make a conscious effort to kick those bad habits before they lead you to an early grave. Find other social events that make you happy, without the bad repercussions of abusing your body.
Switch To A Greener Diet
It’s not shocking with the number of diabetics in our midst that in order to prevent similar outcomes, radical changes need to be made to our way of eating. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and processed sugars, coupled with fats pave the way to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
The number one way to beat these bad eating habits? Eat green- and plenty of it. Greens make you full easier, and keep you satisfied for a longer period of time, so the need to snack is reduced.
Also, vegetables are loaded with beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, which help promote optimal metabolism and the elimination of toxins.
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